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South Korean show Running Man and its newest members: Is it working?

4 years, Four years, it’s been 4 years, …no, not four years since the Korean variety show ‘Running Man’ has been running, but 4 years since I have last written an article on that TV  show, Running Man. My articles Why is Monday couple so popular among Running Man fans?’ , ‘Why is LEE KWANG SOO so popular among Running Man fans? published in 2013, to my surprise are still being shared and commented on a daily basis, which in fact only demonstrates the increase of Running Man fans and viewers and the interest this show is still gathering, be it positive or negative interest.

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A uncalculated amount of changes have occured on Running Man since 2013 and if I were to mention them each in details, my keyboard ink would grow weary,  but I’m in control so I would resume in only a few words the right keywords that have have been linked with the show in the past year: Gary, gone, Running Man, cancelled, back again, new members.

Now, the latest formal change on the show as you  saw in my series of ‘hashtags’ above were that Running Man is  now made up of new members. Two, in fact. Comedian Yang Se Chang and Actress Jun So Min.

If you follow Running Man, you would know that those changes occured after a series of ways and tactics that the producers and those working BTS (behind the scenes) have been coming up with in order to revamp the show, excite the scattered former and new viewers again, and be fresh all over again.

What is my take on the new members? Has it been working? Am I truly satisfied as a viewer watching Running Man, once again? Well, let me peel off my polite layers and reveal my onions to you through this article! Careful, it might sting… or not.

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I’am sort of, excited as a viewer once more.

I started watching Running Man approximately two years after its original airing date. And like many viewers who may have been caught with the wave later, I consequently followed up by binge watching on all those episodes I had missed since its inception.

By the way CNBLUE’s Jung Yonghwa as my musical bias back in the days was the bait who introduced me to Running Man as he was a more than regular guest. Sidenote.

However, as a Running Man viewer and supporter for many years now,  it would be right for me to frankly admit that in the past 2 years, Running Man hasnt felt the same to me. Until recently, this fact has unfortunately made it easy for me to skip 3 episodes in a row and fast forward ‘funny’ scenes , in other words scenes deemed funny but are really not that funny. The only season i stopped skipping episodes was when SBS confirmed in late 2016 that Running Man will be ending in February of the next year (I had felt like i should enjoy every moment before its cancellation), a fact which was later reversed as the show didn’t get cancelled.

After a few rumours and episodes, Running Man introduced its new official members in Episode 346. As said earlier, since then, I’m sort of excited as a viewer once more!

I’m aware that they were positive and negative opinions concerning the fact that 2 new people will be added on to the cast, with some people stating that they wouldn’t want a second female member to overshadow Song Jihyo.  Comments as such aggravated me immensely because  it only shows the lack of trust and confidence that so called ‘Running Man’ or ‘Song Jihyo’ fans hold of the person they dim great! Why have so little faith on a woman who has her own style and persona on the show and has been there since its early days? i mean, come on. I’m glad Song Jihyo has shown all those who belittled her wrong by still standing out even with another female member on the show.

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Jun So min brings a refreshing side to the show I believe, she’s very easygoing and bluntly but funnily says out loud what many of the members or viewers may think in our minds, example with episode 349 when the members were all sitted around in circle and Jun So min non- shyly mentioned that somebody’s feet stinks, I bursed out lauging.

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She is great, and is very comfortable already around the members,to the extent that I believe she has even taken some of the members including MC Yoo Jae suk aback with how quickly she got on; I do not think Jun So Min tries to present a persona but is just flowing with what she sees and is given. Now I’m eager to see her in more harder missions and in ‘rip name tags’ games to see her capabilities. I think it would be boring for her to just use the ‘female betrayer’ persona she has been given by members to win games, let’s see what you got in there in terms of mental, logical and physical strength!

Now, let’s discuss Yang Se Chan! Infinite Challenge’s Yang Se Hyung’s younger brother. His case is more delicate for me, in terms of how well he has been doing on the show so far.  Hands down, he fits in perfectly with the rest of the cast, which in his case is a good and bad thing.  He fits in so well that he may not always seem to stand out particularly as the newest member. He fits in so well that over the episodes, I may forget that he is there. His blank look at times, his nonchalant but ‘wants to win’ attitude like Song Joong KI in the past but also Lee Kwang now, in fact he fits in so well that it’s dangerous, it is, and he’s the style that it’s not until they leave that you notice their presence or lack thereof and the wamth they brought.However, he is good for the program, I hope he remains and I hope to see more of him.

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One thing that stood out for me since the new members were inroduced on the show is how close knit the original members already are together. Yang Se Chan and Jun So min have not taken anything out of the bond that is already there between members, but they have simply been welcomed to an already made up ‘variety family’ and both new members are graded high up in how well they fit in already. For a start, that’s good.

Manse만세 , Running Man! I hope it gets better and better.

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Are you a Running Man fan? What is your take on Running MAN 2017? Do you love it? What is your opinion on the new members ?  Leave your coments, hope you liked reading! 🙂

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South Korea: Skin discrimination [Opinion piece]

I love South Korea. I really do.

Just like my unlimited ‘golden’ list of foreign countries and cultures that I have grown to like and appreciate over the years, it is very well seated in my ‘Places to go’ list. Though South Korea I admit may hold a more important place in my heart.

It’s something about the culture, the language, and its different customs that I find fascinating-in a good way. In fact, so does an increasing number of people outside of South Korea and Asia, who feels the exact same way.

However, despite the smily eyes and the gentle approach I use to gaze at the things that I value and appreciate, i’m not oblivious to the events that happens around me. Call it my journalism instinct or logical sense, if there’s something that does not seem right with me, my reasoning sense is forced to take the lead by addressing whatever issue there is.

Earlier this week, i stumbled upon an article on the ‘Allkpop’ website, which stated that a man who lives in South Korea has been denied a teaching job – due to him being black.  The man, named Sean Jones, despite his qualifications, the experiences he has had in the field, and his understanding of Korean, has been denied a job because of his skin colour.

This comes after news, earlier this month, that an Irish woman was also denied a teaching position in South Korea because of her Irish background. As she uploaded a photo online, of the text she has received from the agency, it states, “I’m sorry to inform you that my client does not hire Irish people due to the alcoholism nature of your kind. Best of luck in the future.” She was placed in the far back because of a stereotype sometimes associated with Ireland and its seemingly ‘heavy’ drinking culture. Is this normal?

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In Sean Jones’ situation, he also uploaded a picture online of the text he has received from one of the people recruiting: Hey Sean. Sorry they just told me they actually want a white teacher. Sean jones surprised, i believe, replied “Really? Can they do that?” Maybe he was as shocked as I was, reading this story.

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A stereotype or general assumption, should never be used as a base when it comes to deciding on whether a candidate is suitable for a position, or not, especially from a company who deemed itself professional.

As a traveller myself, how sad would it be for foreigners if their qualifications, working experiences or even linguistic skills were overlooked on their CV, as the ‘Ethnicity:’ part becomes the only, and most important factor for recruiters.

Though these sorts of situations happens, why should this sort of headline here be overlooked, and feature in merely 1 or 2 news sites?  Or even worse, be considered ‘funny’ for some?

But perhaps what also bugs me is that I know that this sort of discrimination- or form of racism, is not something faced by all foreigners living in South Korea. It is not a sort of ‘malediction’ that awaits every single person who decides to visit or make a living in Korea.

If you’re often on the Youtube platform as I’am, you would find a number of videos of people that have moved to South Korea, sharing their amazingly positive experiences, on their move to the Asian country, which sometimes results as a stress-reliever in the hearts of those planning to visit, or live there too.

On South Korean television, especially variety shows which Korea is known for producing well across various channels, if you’re a regular viewer (or not) of their variety programs such as ‘Happy together’ , ‘Running Man’ and others, you will not fail to notice the number of ‘specials’ featuring foreigners instead of the usual, well-brushed Korean celebrities gracing the seats.

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On an episode of ‘Happy together’ for example, a man originally from France, and Sam Otswiri, a Ghanaian who has settled in Korea were among the 4 foreign guests, living in Korea, as they shared jokes and anecdotes along with the hosts, on their lives and different topics while portraying their impeccable Korean skills.

But is this enough? Can this appearance make up for those who were refused seats in real life because of these exact criteria?

I’ve noticed, as someone who follow the culture closely, that Koreans tend to be very direct when it comes to delivering compliments to someone,  distinctive compliments such as, example: You’re pretty’, ‘You’ve got beautiful eyes’ , ‘You’re so tall’ ‘ You’ve got a beautiful nose’ , even to the point of making the ones receiving them overwhelmed and slightly uncomfortable. In their ‘directness’ that you sometimes feel and see through their shows, you would notice some of the experts in their field not hesitate to use rhetorical questions or sarcasm towards someone in order to make a point, which in return create laughter in their variety concept.

But was this once charming blunt approach, used in the wrongest way in Sean jones and Kate’s situations when they received a more than direct answer through text as to why they were not considered for a place in their fields?

But is there another side to this story?

Upon receiving his initial text message from the recruiter as to why he was refused a place:

Hey Sean. Sorry they just told me they actually want a white teacher. Sean told ‘the Korea observer’ :”This is telling students that black people are bad and white people are good. Why should white people get all the privileges?” He added, “White privilege is not right. We all deserve an equal chance.” He continued: “Even though they are adjusting to what parents want, they are responsible for giving the students a true view of what western culture is truly like.” 

Right. I believe It is important for South Korea to consider the hundreds, thousands, of foreigners around the world who accepts Korea as a country, and what the content in these stories could do to the Spanish girl in love with Korea, or the young Black- American, fan of KPOP who one day aims to live and promote the beauty of South Korea.

Thank you for reading.

[*first 2 pictures credit: Allkpop]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Barefooted friends (My thoughts on the show 23 episodes later)

Hi everyone!

Six months ago i posted a post titled “My first thoughts on the Korean variety show “Barefooted Friends” where i wrote about my first thoughts after watching the first episode of the very anticipated (to me it was) new Korean variety show “Barefooted friends”, here you can see the post: https://myriamonliine.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/my-first-thoughts-on-the-k-variety-show-barefooted-friends/

Now, I thought it’s about time and it would only be right to write a post-update about my thoughts on the show now, as very much has changed about the show, its format; the concept as well as the cast.
Therefore, what if one of my faithful readers was wondering if i was still watching the show, or if my opinions on the show is still the same as it was in the beginning?
So, here is a post to give you my thoughts on Barefooted friends now, 23 episodes later.

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If you read my post about Barefooted Friends six months ago, you would know that i was completely satisfied with the first episode. In fact, the missions, the concept and everything else for me was original and different, it was for me a variety show with a concept i hadn’t seen before.

Let’s talk about the 7th episode..this episode was the first with the members staying in Korea for the show , as well as the first episode with a guest.
After watching this episode, a few people complained about the fact that the show has lost its concept, because of the non-travelling/living as a local kind of thing, but I personally was glad to see a guest coming on the show! I also liked the missions given during these episodes, but i did not think there was going to be a radical change of concept, i just thought the fact that the members weren’t in another country, experiencing the local living like previous episodes, was only temporary, and a way for the members to get closer, visiting each others’ homes.
In fact, the concept for Episode 7 up until episode 8 was to go into a member’s house, the one that was chosen and then play different games there as well as getting to know where they live.
Because i believed it to be a concept to bring the members closer together, i didn’t see any wrong in that.
Because of this change of concept then, the viewers had exclusive insight into Kim Hyun Joong’s house, for example. No need to complain.

After episode 9, only then did i realise that the concept of the show or what I thought was the concept of the show in the beginning, has actually changed, that basically it wasn’t anymore about travelling and members experiencing life outside their comfort zone in a foreign country.
But i admit that as a viewer, I strangely expected this change of concept. I mean come on, if the show was about to go on for 5 years or more, wouldn’t the budget be too high if the show was about travelling to another country every 2 or 4 weeks…for years?!

Episode 10
The theme and challenge in Episode 10 was for the members’ to face their fears- example: Diving.
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I liked the theme and the whole challenge, but towards the ending of Episode 10 to Episode 11, the challenge started getting boring for me and I started wondering if the show was really a variety show.
It was the editing and the whole over dramatisation; “seriousness” of the members or again maybe the editing that got too much for me. Even Kim Hyun Joong couldn’t save it for me.
I wanted more funny moments/chill moments and less… “[editing]: ZOOM EYES (eyes that says “i’m terrified to jump”) ; VOICE OVERS (“I was terrified”)
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However, during the middle part of episode 11, it became more “relaxed” i guess, and the mission made more sense to me. As i realised they were going to be an actual diving competition with professionals.
Then i thought “Fun”, i was actually looking forward to what’s next.
I found myself cheering for the Barefooted friends members to win during the “Idol special”, episode 12-15. What i liked about these episodes was how closer the members seems to be getting and their team work also was spot on. But nevertheless, i still thought that 5 full episodes dedicated only to sky-diving was a bit too much.

For Barefooted Friends and my outlook on the show, what i realised is the fact that anytime there is an episode i enjoyed on the show, there’s always seems to be a “but” somewhere. ” Almost perfect, but not yet there. But hey i still like you, Barefooted friends.” kind of thing.

Episode 15-18
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The members’ challenge this time was to make their own music, write their own lyrics.
The episodes weren’t as appealing and exciting for me, as the very early episodes, but still it was different and entertaining. During that “Make your own music” challenge, i learnt a lot about the members that i probably wouldn’t have discovered if not for the show.
In these episodes we see UEE’s father; we also learnt a lot about Kim hyun Joong’s personal thoughts when we read his own lyrics, it was an insightful episode.

Oh and this scene in Episode 17 with Kim Hyun Joong and Yoon si yoon reminds me so much of a Hwangbo and Kim Hyun Joong scene …
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on WGM season 1 :
We got married season 1 (Hwangbo & Kim Hyun joong couple. Kim Hyun joong also sang “Falling”, for Hwangbo that time)
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See the similarities? LOL.

Now, Episode 19-24. (Latest episodes until date)
New episode, new challenge.
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This time, the theme set for the episode and the few episodes that followed, were “Homemade food” : learning about the importance of home food; members would go and eat homemade food in the house of a renowned “good cook”, then in episodes that follows (or same episode), members would then go to a single’s (not married) celebrity’s house to showcase what they’ve learnt and keep that person’s company, by also bringing some of the homemade food they got from that renowned good cook’s house along with them.

For me, unfortunately the whole concept of episode 19 completely lost its purpose on the way. And i found myself completely bored watching the rest of the episodes.
In the 19th episode, it was all about learning about the importance of eating homemade food, it then turned into something else when some of the members filled themselves up by possibly eating “too much” of the food? Or just constantly mumbling about how tasty the dishes are, without further doing!
It felt like i was watching a cooking show, but even then i believe a cooking show would have been more entertaining if i purposely wanted to watch one, because it would at least stick to its genre and i would at least know what to expect.

The problem for me during the episode though, was not the fact that they were a lot of cooking (I love food and learning about food), but the problem was more about the lack of originality and creativity in terms of the different ideas put in the episodes.
There weren’t a lot of entertaining moments, apart from the quiz segment where the members had to answer set of questions, which at times questions that had nothing to do with food and cuisine, so would then come out as “random questions”.
So, after these last few episodes, my interest in the show slightly dissolved.

But well, i’m not the kind of viewer who would complain and give up on a show i believe(d) in, because of it not being “interesting” anymore and then switching the channel, folding my arms and that’s it! No.
So here are some of the strong points of the show in my opinion, and how these strong points could be used in a way that would improve and work the show.

1- The cast

The cast is really strong, with nice characters, and each member of the cast could bring something new to the show. I also see that each member seems dedicated to the show.
But, just like a movie or drama, even if a cast is great and looks good and is dedicated, if the actual storyline of the drama/movie is boring and the plot lacks creativity, many would agree that it would be hard to keep the viewers, audience.
Because once the viewers’ favorite actor(s) leaves the show, what is left for the show? Would the viewers keep on watching the drama/movie? Only if the content (the Storyline, plot..) of the movie/drama is good enough for them to want to keep on watching. If not, goodbye.

2- The themes on the episodes

Believe it or not, i believe the different themes chosen for the episodes on the show are good, the only thing now is how these themes could be used effectively.
There need to be a real balance, between using the theme of an episode alright (e.g diving, cooking, music..) while still keeping it entertaining and fresh for the general audience, which is what a variety show should normally do.
The viewers still need to be entertained. A successful variety show is one which has a sport theme, for example in a particular episode, and yet is still able to keep a viewer who has 0 interests in sports.
That’s one of the amazing things a variety show does = making “unappealing/okay” things and turn into appealing/interesting things. And this is what Barefooted friends needs to do.
When there was the “Homemade cooking” theme, there could have been one or two, or three ideas threw in aside the “Quizzes” such as:
* Each member having to make their own “homemade” dishes without the help of anyone, and later on having to reunites in a a celebrity’s house, while the celebrity decides on which one of these homemade dishes they like best, fits their bud taste? That’s just a sort of idea.
That way, it makes it seems more like variety, while still it being focused on “homemade food” but it being still centered around the variety concept.
PS: The Quizzes segment were a good start though, and i have to say it made the episodes slightly more entertaining, it was like a little break in between.

CONCLUSION
Despite all, i still believe in the show, and hopefully the PD’s will use more creative and innovative ideas and themes in the future, which would eventually increase the ratings, as a result people would not watch Barefooted Friends out of boredom, but instead would watch the show because they would actually make time out of their busy schedule to watch it! And that’s the big difference!

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Thank you for reading! 🙂

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Why is Yoo Jae Suk considered “The National MC” ?

Hello everyone!

Through my recent articles, i have been expressing my love for the Korean show Running Man, my love for Korean variety shows in general and i have layed out my thoughts on questions like “Why is Monday couple so popular among Running Man fans?” or “What are my first impressions on the Korean show Barefooted friends?” and more, using my own words and through my own observations.

When it comes to writing articles and the subjects i’m adressing, it all comes down to inspiration and observation, simple as that.
I get ideas from things that i watch and things that i see happening around me and sometimes there are questions that randomly pop up to my mind such as ” Why is Monday couple so popular among Running Man fans, ah yeah, i should probably write an article about that, let me think…” next thing you know i have already started typing.

Same thing happened with the subject i’m going to adress today which is : Why is Yoo Jae Suk considered the National MC or MC of the Nation (국민MC in korean) in the entertainment field in South Korea?
What is it about Yoo Jae Suk that he would be nicknamed the National MC and gain the respect of thousand, millions of viewers?

This is the subject I want to address today 🙂
That question started as a wondering thought and now i feel like i know enough to want to share my thoughts with you guys.

Before watching ‘Running Man’ close to 3 years ago, i had no idea who Yoo Jae Suk was, i started to watch (Running Man) from episode 46 and that didn’t help with my knowledge either.
But then i searched Yoo jae suk online, i got to learn a bit more about him with the help of Wikipedia i got the basic facts about Yoo Jae Suk, that he was a Korean TV host, very popular, he has hosted many shows etc etc.

But reading his Wikipedia page or brief bio on the Internet was nothing compared to the many other articles written about him on entertainment sites, articles i noticed then that often complimented him as well as comments with people showing their appreciation to him as well.

Therefore, for a person who didn’t really know much about Yoo jae suk but only knew about the fact that he was a well respected Korean host, it was like seeing the positive comments about him but not really knowing how they should be received, and then in many other articles i saw he had the title of “National MC”, seeing that basically makes one think “…Well, this man must be pretty special then”.

Anyway now two and a half years later as my exposure to Korean variety shows and Korean entertainment world has vastly expanded, (and a hardcore Running Man viewer i now am, let me add), i now came to the complete understanding as to why Yoo Jae suk is well respected and nicknamed National MC, as i got to know more about him as a person and his story.

If you know about the Korean variety world, you would obviously know who Yoo Jae Suk is, and the compliments he may have received and is still receiving throughout his career might well be familiar to your ears and eyes, compliments such as : Yoo jae suk is so humble, he is a nice man, he has nice manners Etc.

When talking about Yoo jae suk, compliments naturally comes flowing, so much that those compliments may become cliche to your listening ears now, or so much that people might even start having the allusion that Yoo Jae suk was born with the title “National MC” or again that ones might even think Yoo Jae Suk had always been famous, forgetting the long journey getting to where he is now and how holding the title of “National MC” for many years and him being respected like he is now is the result of hard work, commitment and humility.
It didn’t just happen like that.

Let’s talk a litle bit about the beginning of Yoo Jae suk….

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As a young aspiring comedian, Yoo Jae Suk’s first televion debut happened in 1991 in a KBS show, where he made a short performance parodying a commercial with another comedian.
After that, Yoo Jae Suk appeared in shows there and then, with a mindset of wanting to be a succesful comedian, but despite years of trying, he still hadn’t catched his big break yet, even 9 years after his TV debut.
Here below are pictures taken from a 2000 show called “Beautiful TV Face” a kind of “self camera” show Yoo Jae Suk featured in, almost 10 years after his first television debut, years after trying to pierce in the field and making a name for himself in the industry.
Yoo Jae suk also shows the two awards he has won in the space of almost 10 years being in the industry.

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He had only won 2 trophies then, one for a talk program hosted by another host, and the other one as a souvenir given to him to celebrate the end of the year at a commemoration , he said.

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2 trophies , after almost 10 years of trying to pierce in the field.

He also mentioned in the video about the sadness and hard times he had gone through before, wanting to pierce in the industry, trying to make a name for himself.
There is also something that he said in the video that touched me, there he says:

” Watching these people that changed after becoming famous(comedians). I made myself one promise.
That i would never let myself become arrogant like those people. That thaught has never changed.
I will try my best to keep that promise and to be always humble,honest,sincere and commited.”

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-2000 Yoo Jae suk speaking

Being honest, humble and sincere.

Well, i believe living on those principalities has indeed manifested greatly in Yoo Jae Suk’s life, knowing that two years later, in 2002, he catched his biggest break becoming a host of a show called “Live and Enjoy together”, then bigger doors oppened for him,and he became very active in the entertainment field, gaining his first Daesang “Grand Prize” award in 2005 with the show Happy together friends.

Yoo Jae Suk went on to host numerous shows later that became hits and very succesful e.g XMAN , with that his popularity increased enormously, even gaining him the nickname “National MC/ MC of the nations” not long after.
In a recent interview Yoo Jae Suk admitted how he finds being an MC suits himself more than a comedian.

Anyway, now step by step , let’s take a closer look as to what makes Yoo Jae Suk the National MC ? What qualities does he have? And how has he been able to keep the title and gain the respect and trust of so many viewers for such longevity?

A HUMBLE PERSONALITY

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Yes. I cannot write in this section without mentioning the number 1 reason why i believe Yoo Jae Suk has gained the respect of many viewers throughout his career which is , his humble personality.

Television hosts are watched by the audience in their role as hosts.
As a Talk show/variety host, everything you do on the show, even if it might not exactly fit the “variety aura” (humorous) , like helping a grandma passing by, it will still be noticed by the viewers.
And Yoo Jae Suk’s good maneers as a host is not left unnoticed, from the way in which he treats the guests and people around him, be it the fans gathering to watch or his comrades.

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As a host, not letting the fame or popularity change the way he interacts with others, and never are we sensing pride or “I’m better than you” aura coming from him.
Yoo Jae Suk’s approach in the way he interact with others around him making him approachable making others feel at ease, including the guests that might appear on the shows he hosts.

But not only is his humility noticed on screen, with how he might interact with the others on screen. But also, the humility he portrays out of filming, with no cameras around.

Often times, you would notice articles appearing from nowhere stating facts about Yoo Jae Suk we’ve never known before.
An example of that is an information that came out recently stating how Yoo Jae suk has kept a promise he made to someone 8 years ago which was that he would host that person’s wedding if she/he gets married in the future, and he did and kept his promise hosting that person’s marriage.
Also, often times, you see celebrities stating how Yoo Jae suk has been good to them , being a helping hand when they were going through tough times, even when he was yet to become “The National MC”.

When i come across articles as such, i learn that what a person does when they are not famous counts as much as what they do when they’re famous. In other words, a person does not have to be famous to be humble and nice to others.

What if Yoo Jae Suk was irrespectful during his rookie days or rebelient during his younger years, would he be called “The national MC” today?
Would people say good things about him like what they are saying now?
Not likely.
Humility and kindness is a virtue that would get you far in life.

Another reason that makes Yoo Jae Suk the “The National MC” would be…

HIS SENSE OF PROFESSIONALISM

Yoo jae suk has gained himself over 17 nicknames over the years being host of over ten TV shows, a lot of the shows he has hosted which has become tremendous hits and very popular among viewers.
Yoo Jae is currently the host of 3 regular main shows, the show ‘Running Man’ ; ‘Infinity Challenge’ and ‘Happy together’.
Happy together has the longest run having existed since the year 2001 and now in 2013, the show is still favored and watched among many viewers, and in fact not less can be said about the show ‘Running Man’ and ‘Infinite challenge’.
Any shows hosted by Yoo Jae Suk has the tendency to gain extreme success and longevity. Why?
Because of his great sense of professionalism.

Let’s take a look at the 3 main shows he is currently the main host of, they are all of completely different genre, but Yoo Jae Suk has got the ability to switch and vary his hosting skills in a maneer that would fit the concept, genre and target audience of each show he hosts.
Yoo Jae suk gives his best in every show he hosts, whether it is in the show ‘Running Man’ which could be physically demanding

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and yet having to keep up with his role as a host plus with his different characters on the show such as “YooHyuk” or “Yoomes Bond”.

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For Happy together which requires him to wear a wig and interview different guests, interacting with the guests while staying professional.

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For ‘Infinite Challenge’ having to complete different missions and leading the other members also.

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Varying your hosting skills in a way that would fit the target audience while still being funny as a goal, is something Yoo Jae Suk does well, because of that he is seen as a relatable host, one that children, teenagers, adults, elders can relate to.

VARIETY SKILLS & HUMOR

Would Yoo Jae Suk be called the National MC and be considered an entertainer if he wasn’t funny.
The fact that Yoo Jae Suk is funny and has got great variety skills MAKES him the National MC.

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Yoo Jae Suk’s number 1 goal for himself is to make the audience laugh or for the show to make the audience laugh, that is why he wanted to get into the world of entertainment, that is why he got in the entertainment field- He loves to entertain. And he does it well.

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As a viewer of his shows, i have noticed the quick wittiness of Yoo Jae Suk too. He has the ability of using and work with anything that presents itself and then turns it into something that would create laughs for the viewers.

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A simple moment or scene that would normally be insignificant or even boring to anyone, let me emphasize on the word anyone could become a legendary and hilarious moment once Yoo Jae suk comments on it. Simple as that.
This is amazing when one thinks about it…

Let’s take the show Running Man for example, the nickname “Kwangvatar” referring to Lee Kwangsoo , the term came about when in Episode 54 Lee kwang soo came up running towards Yoo Jae suk..

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just then Yoo Jae Suk commented on how he looked like the character Avatar when he just ran then.

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Then the PD’s used that for editing effects and the caption “Kwangvatar” showed up just after.

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Another thing that adds to Yoo Jae suk’s humour is his ability to laugh at himself and not taking things too seriously on screen.

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CONCLUSION:
Yoo jae suk starting from a humble beginning to becoming one of the most well respected Korean MC today, having kept a humble heart.

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Now, put together a humble & nice personality, a great sense of professionalism and amazing humor and you would understand why Yoo Jae Suk is nicknamed The National MC of South Korea, but he couldn’t have been without the help of supporters and viewers that switch on, day in and day out to watch the shows he hosts (so well done to you too).

When Yoo Jae Suk was asked in an interview who is responsable for the success of the programs he hosts, he basically said that himself wouldn’t be enough to carry the show, therefore the guests featuring on the shows, the production crew and all have to work well together to make the show work.

But still a show wouldn’t work without a good MC, so Yoo Jae Suk, from all of us supporters all over the world, continue to give us laughs while staying humble and sincere. Always.♡

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You can leave comments and share your thoughts, thank you for reading!

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My first thoughts on the K-variety show “Barefooted friends”

Hey everyone! I know it’s too early to write a “review” on the Korean variety show “Barefooted friends” just yet, but the first episode aired not long ago and i have recently watched it with English subtitles so i taught i would write my thoughts on it. The show is part of the “SBS Sunday’s lineup (shows)”, it airs on SBS and premiered on the 21rst April 2013.

Concept of the show as i understand: The cast travels to a country, a country different from their own culture (outside Korea), not for leisure sake, but to live like the proper locals of that country, having to experience how it would be like if they were from there and was a normal citizen, eg. working as a local earning money, living in a local house, etc. Here is the Wikipedia page : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barefooted_Friends

I like the concept of the show, not only is it original but i believe each episode would be a humbling experience for the celebrity guests in terms of having to live as a local, “normal/common” person, in a foreign country, it would be a humbling experience.

Cast: Kang Ho-dong; Yoon Jong-shin; Yu Sae-yoon; Kim Bum-soo; Kim Hyun-joong; Yoon Si-yoon; Eunhyuk; Uee

First of all, let me just say, the initial reason why i have even considered watching the show has got to be because of Kim Hyun Joong. When i heard he is going to be a regular cast of a certain variety show called “Barefooted friends”, i taught i HAVE to watch that show. Why Kim Hyun Joong? Because watching certain interviews of him and his appearance on “We got married”, i have always taught this guy had such great and awesome sense of humor and personality and I’ve always felt that part of his personality, some call it “4D personality” was been overshadowed or unnoticed by the outside public because of the pop/idol singer” image he has.

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Therefore, understand my joy when i heard he was going to be a cast, a regular cast for that matter , of a variety show hosted by one of the most respectable and funniest host/MC in S.Korea. I taught “Finally! Kim Hyun joong, go show your skills! :)”

Kang Ho dong! I have heard a whole lot about Kang Ho dong, he has got such great reputation in the “variety” business in S.Korea and is considered one of the best MC, so for a person like me , having being introduced to the Korean culture for almost 2 years now it’d be weird if i had never heard his name being mentioned, but let me admit that I’ve never been a regular viewer of the shows he’s hosted, which makes “Barefooted friends” the first proper show i have watched hosted by Kang Ho dong.

20130429-015130.jpg My impression of him on Barefooted friends? He’s very likable! I’m not exaggerating one bit, he is a different and original host, the kind that laughs alongside the other members when he finds things to be funny, without feeling the pressure of being “serious” just letting the members laughs by themselves, he is just natural and himself. He also have this kind of ” next door neighbor look”, which makes one relate to him, making me understand why he’s liked by many. I can’t wait to see more of him and his skills as the show goes on.

The cast? I’m not familiar with all of the cast so i did not have particular expectations, when an audience is not familiar with a cast,it’s either “they like” or “they don’t like”, the connection goes well or doesn’t, the cast could break or make a show. Me? I LIKE, thinking of me originally watching the show because of Kim Hyun Joong, watching the first episode i saw myself growing fond of each cast member, and i feel each one of them brings something different and unique to the show, the cast is diverse it’s a good and original mix. It does not only contain “KPOP faces” or “Young fresh faces” but it also contains “middle-aged men”.
It does not contain “an ALL men cast” but contain ” 7 males AND a female” , i like the diversity.
UEE as the only woman, i like. I have only witnessed her variety skills on the show i regularly watch “Running Man” , i remember watching the 137th episode and thinking “this girl is strong!” Anyway, that’s not the point.
I believe as the only girl in this new variety show, UEE would fit it in well with the other men in the cast, she is competitive and confident at the same time.
Yoon Jong shin, I like him. Hahahah , he reminds me so much of Ji suk Jin from Running Man,from the comments he makes and even his fashion style , it’s too funny to watch. I’m glad he’s on the show though, he keeps the cast balanced with his “ajhussi image” and comedian feel. I can somehow feel he’s the one that is going to be “the big man” if Kang ho dong is not seen on the show.
There was a moment in the first episode, where i felt quite sorry for him when he couldn’t find anyone that wanted a ride on his motorcycle!!

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Kim Hyun Joong I actually taught he was going to be a little introvert for the first episode, but he wasn’t and we witnessed some of his moments, i somehow feel as the show goes along a soundtrack is going to be added anytime his “blunt and funny moments” appears.
Yoon Si yoon ,as a variety newbie, i got to say he is pretty good, very good.
Same for the other members, they were funny and natural in front of the cameras, not trying to “look good” all the time,and this type of behaviour is something needed for a show like that. Let’s take notice that once the members reached Vietnam and had to get up a few hours later, being blindfolded, they were not given time to brush their teethes or bath, but not one complain or anything like that was heard.

Anyway, let me not talk too fast, as there are much more episodes coming, this show has a lot of competitions among other very successful shows currently airing on Korean TV right now, but i believe this show has potential to be good, what could be the best asset for this show, that could keep viewers hanging even if the content becomes poor would be ….the chemistry between the cast, in the first episode because the teams were separated we, the viewers, didn’t really get a chance to see the interactions very much, but the content and missions were interesting enough to keep us entertained. But in the opening and when i look at the different members’ personalities, i have a feeling they would connect well. For a variety show to be successful, it needs the whole package: good chemistry between casts; great content/concept, creativity, etc.
Another thing that needs to be seen on the show is for each member of the cast to stand out, a member being “too quiet/too shy” would seem transparent, and for that kind of show it could not work well.

Let’s see what happens in future episodes! 🙂

You can leave comments. What did you think of the first episode, what do you think of the show, the concept,the members? 🙂

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Some asks “Why are Jihyo & Gary not dating in real life?”

Hello everyone!

My recent article “Why is Monday couple so popular among Running Man fans?” has gained a lot of attention which i did not expect, so thank you. But more than anything, it made me realize how once again very popular Running Man and the members are, around the world.

Anyway, the idea of writing the post you’re reading right now, about this particular subject (referring to the title “Why is Monday couple not dating in real life (yet)?) is completely unexpected and random, as i had no taught of laying out my opinions or write an article concerning that particular subject.

But then after watching episode 139 of Running Man with excitement, i feel am in the right mood to write.

Monday couple.

Even though i like Monday couple, i have never gone as far as wanting them together in real life, as their interactions have always been sufficient for me ..but

” Why is Monday couple not dating already?” “Date already!” “Gary likes her,why is Jihyo oblivious to see that?” are among the most common lines one would hear among other “Runners” especially among Monday couple fans.

I’m passionate about finding answers to questions or issues people want to know about, investigating the truth about a particular matter.
Somehow,I’m a very logical person, accepting the truth even if it means hurting my “fangirling” mind on the other side of my skull.
LOL.

Today,i have decided to transform my thoughts into words but at the same time also give space for the readers to form their own judgments on the subject.

Monday couple “Why are they not dating already?” The obvious answer would be “Because Jihyo has got a boyfriend” but i would answer this question in such a way one would understand, particularly if they are Running Man viewers.

NO PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT OUTSIDE OF THE SHOW?

For a relationship to develop, a person has got to spend quality time with the person they like, talking while no one is around and trying to get know the person on a personal level. With no public or eyes around you, just simplicity.Her/him and you, eyes to eyes.~

For Jihyo and Gary’s case they have not had any romantic development outside of Running Man. (PS: unless they secretly dated with no cameras around and nobody knows about it)
To build a relationship with someone, one can’t only rely on seeing that person once or twice a week on a show with tens of cameras, because this is NO real foundation for a real relationship.
If one day Gary and Jihyo became a real couple and the announcement came on TV, you should not believe it happened all on Running man, no, they talked behind the scenes, called each other and became close ,they made time for each other outside of the show to build a real foundation.
For e.g if there is a couple in your work place. It did not happen overnight: they had to talk outside of work to try to get to know each other, they therefore became close and then their relationship became public for everyone to see.
Therefore i believe one of the reasons why Jihyo & Gary despite their Monday couple characters, are not dating in real life like some may want is because no real move has been made outside of the show.
But of course, after filming Running for more than two years as members, it is very likely they have met behind the scenes among the running man members.
Jihyo & Gary might have been on the phone outside of Running Man, but what am saying is, were they rather talking as friends, leaving their Monday couple status and teasing in Running Man’s location?

SONG jIHYO’S SITUATION

What about Song Jihyo?

I believe a person could never date someone while being in love with someone else or being attached to someone.
Song jihyo has dated, in fact is currently dating someone outside of Running Man while being known as the Monday girlfriend. I believe she wouldn’t have being able to do so if she felt she was in a real relationship with Gary.

When Gary gives her compliments, among the numerous compliments she received from him on Running Man, the reason why Jihyo does not take it to heart, is it because she sees it as a show he puts on for Running Man, therefore she tries not to waver?
As a female, If a man gives you compliments in front of others and people ship you two, but as soon as you’re off work, school that person doesn’t come near you, would you believe the guy and his words? Won’t you try to not take his words too much at heart next time he gives you compliments?

I once saw a tweet that says “Gary got dumped by Jihyo, Gary & Jihyo broke up!!!” It made me think for a moment…”Are people taking it too far or not?”

WHAT IS GARY’S SITUATION?-

But first, let me ask you: [Question] Have you ever had a crush on someone? You really loved how they looked, their smell, their presence …but if a friend asked you “Would you die for them? Do you love them with all your heart” You’d say No or maybe just laugh at their faces ” bwaHahahaha, He’s my crush,it doesn’t mean i Looveeeeee him ,gosh”.

Just.. a crush.

Is this imagery similar with Gary’s situation?: After Jihyo’s relationship announcement came up, a lot of running man fans felt sorry for Gary and through his twitter page showed their encouragement ,
Gary replied to the tweets ““Did we work this hard on the sketch from the start…? I will work harder now, knowing that there are people out there who care about me enough to tell me to be strong, but no need for that anymore!! There is nothing that I need to be strong about… there are other people out there who are struggling for real… my biggest struggle is finding myself haha.”

He later wrote, “Why do I have to listen to people telling me that they are sorry, when they don’t need to be and I don’t need to hear it…?”

[Imagine] Your friend asks if you would ever want to date your crush, you respond “No”.
But it is not a “No” in the sense that you don’t like her/him but a “No” because you believe you have no chance getting their attentions or you might even think you wont be good enough for them, they’re too good for you , therefore you never make the move, not wanting to make a fool of yourself?

Is it similar with Gary’ situation, this time?: Gary in 2011 had a twitter interview while being fully on mode being the “Monday boyfriend”, when the question ““You and Song Ji Hyo are a ‘couple’ on ‘Running Man’. What are the odds of the two of you actually dating?” he responded by ” “Ji Hyo is a really laid back, sweet & cute dongseng of mine, as well as a good colleague. Someone like myself that lives with no boundaries and with a tendency to mess up from time to time probably isn’t a good fit for her, haha. I think she needs to find someone better than me.”

CONCLUSION

The reason of this post was to give a clearer & simple idea about what are some possible reasons why Song jihyo and Gary aren’t dating in real life as some may have wished for.
But no one can read someone’s mind unless you are them. You never know what could, have, might happen, happened behind the scenes , or even what could happen in the future.
Thus the reason why i added a “(yet)”.

In my opinion Gary’s other half should be a girl that:
1) like the word “STRESS” 2) Likes coffee 3) likes wearing caps!

For Song Jihyo, her perfect other half should be :
1) A man who Is stronger than her 2) gives her compliments 3) makes her laugh.

Monday couple happened naturally on Running Man but whether they do date in real life or not as some want, shouldn’t be our focus as one can’t fight against destiny and fate, therefore we should support the decisions they make no matter what 🙂

The foundation of every relationship even between boyfriend-girlfriend is friendship. Once you have that, you have everything!
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Leave comments below 🙂

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Why is Monday couple so popular among Running Man fans?

Running Man cast: Lee kwang soo, haha (ha dong hoon), Ji suk jin, Kim Jong Kook, Yoo jae suk, Gary, Song Jihyo

Running Man is one of the most popular variety shows in S.Korea right now. Not only is it popular in Korea but it is also popular outside, gaining fans across Asia and even other continents. The games, the humor (WARNING: You would not be able to watch a full Running Man episode without laughing- i tried= IMPOSSIBLE) and the relationship between the cast all contributes to its success.
For this post, let me emphasize on “the relationship between the cast” part and talk about….

Monday couple.

If i randomly write “Monday couple” down like i did above, the people not familiar with Running Man would have no clue what I’m referring to.
But in the other hand, the regular viewers would know straight away what it refers to.
Today, I’m going to write about Monday couple and mentions the reasons why i believe this variety couple is popular among Running Man fans.
I’m secretly a “Monday couple” fan myself.

If you watch Running Man,you would know the term “Monday couple” in itself refers to Gary and Jihyo, the term came about when in episode 14, Haha(ha dong hoon) mentioned how Gary and Jihyo always seems close anytime they filmed (referring to Gary’s flirting and Jihyo’s interaction with him) which were on Mondays (filming date) , they were first dubbed “Monday couple” then by the captions. Jihyo then confirms their Monday couple status when in episode 16 she says “On Mondays, i have a man” referring to Gary.

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Running Man viewers, especially Monday couple fans have grown so fond of this on-screen (variety) couple from that point on , to the extent that even after Song Jihyo’s real life’s relationship was made known in episode 82 , viewers are still eager and enjoy to see Monday couple interact.
Therefore i decided to write about Monday couple and the reasons why they’re still so popular among Running man viewers?

1- GARY’S REAL CRUSH ON HER.

In all honesty, I believe the main foundation of Gary and Jihyo’s monday couple relationship on the show all started from Gary’s honest approach and the fact that from the beginning, he was pretty straight forward showing his feelings,never hiding the fact that he he was somehow attracted to her. One can call it a crush.
Not a crush that would go as far as him wanting to die for the person and marry them, but an innocent crush, obvious enough that people around you would see you are turning red anytime that person’s name is being mentioned or when the ones around you see your embarrassment when faced with the question ” Do you like her/him?”.

Such as below (in episode 8)
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Here in episode 15 when Joongki kisses Jihyo in the cheek, Yoo Jae suk asks if Gary is doing okay and here’s Gary’s reaction:

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The fact that Monday couple started from raw emotions and naturally,makes the audience relates and it also brings some sense of realism because it is somehow realistic.

2- NON-SCRIPTED & NATURAL CHEMISTRY

If you’ve followed Running Man since the early episodes, you would know for certain that Gary and Jihyo’s relationship on the show (Monday couple) is not scripted but that it started naturally and gradually.
The fact that Monday couple’s interaction is non scripted and not dictated by any producers but is natural brings about a lot of unexpected interactions between Gary and Jihyo and makes the audience please as they can relate to them, one that haven’t followed Running Man would even ask if they are a real couple.

Few guests on the show even asked if they are a real couple because of their natural chemistry, including UEE in Episode 34.
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Haha (ha dong hoon) answered the question:IMG_3362

And Jihyo jockingly said it is midnight already,Monday has passed so they’re already over for the week.
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3- AUDIENCE HAVE WITNESSED THEIR JOURNEY

As Running man viewers, the viewers have been able to witness Gary and Jihyo go from having the most awkward relationship among the cast members in the earlier episodes..
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You could say Jihyo was almost afraid and intimated by Gary. Very funny to think about it now. IMG_3439 (I believe the main reason why Jihyo was so awkward with him is because just like the viewers, she was aware of Gary’s likeness towards her by then) but that moment in the exhitibition arts room, this moment together helped them to be more comfortable towards each other and brought them slightly closer.
With Gary even buying coffee for her and Jihyo sharing it.


….when Jihyo tried to strike up conversation and asked him if he has plans to get married yet as he’s in his thirties, he replied by saying
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With that,their interaction became natural and as the episodes went along their relationship grew into something Gary could have only imagined in his head. …
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From episodes…to episodes…
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to episode…
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BUT

After Jihyo’s relationship was announced Jihyo and Gary became awkward and barely talked to each other. When they were put in the same team for the first time after a while, it was all like the beginning again. Awkwardness (ep 90)
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But after a few episodes and a few awkward moments has passed, they slowly but surely got past the awkwardness stage and became comfortable again.

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The fact that from the beginning until now the audience have been seeing their progress and how their relationship has grown over the show contributes to their popularity among Running Man fans.

Another thing that contributes to the popularity of Monday couple would be…

4- UNFORGETTABLE and CHEESY LINES FROM GARY

Of course.
Some say when you love, words just come flowing. I’m sure it’s no different from our Kang Gary. Because of his Monday boyfriend status he has been able to come out with the most unforgettable and funniest, same time cheesiest lines in Running Man history,fans have also been able to witness the quirky side of Leesang’s Gary.
Here are some examples of Gary’s memorable & also cheesiest lines:

(Episode 29) Even turtles live together in the same place, why are people only able to meet on Mondays? Ah! A true enviable family!

(episode 55) Is what they call love? When you have it, it’s a burden! Without it you’re lonely.

(episode 135) Song jihyo is asked by Ji suk jin if she’ll ever date Gary, she replies by “I’ll think about it” she asks Gary if he had thoughts on dating her.
Gary replies by ” Don’t think about it next time, tell me either X or O now”(referring to her answer to Ji suk jin’s question)

(episode 120) Gary has a wardrobe malfunction, his underwear can be seen slightly & he asks Jihyo “…It’s the color you like right?” Hilarious.

(episode 10) When Jihyo says that they have 4 years age difference and Gary replies “Like four letters to love to death?”

(episode 135) Song Jihyo asks Gary what clothes he would recommend her to buy if they went shopping, he replies ” Song jihyo has no need for that (all the expensive clothes) , Song jihyo herself is beautiful, Song jihyo…she is a flower”

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5- “MONDAY COUPLE” CAPTIONS STILL EXISTING
The Monday couple captions is also one of the reasons why i believe Monday couple is popular even after Jihyo’s relationship announcement. The fact that the captions”Monday couple” has not being taking off the show but still appears now and then, let the viewers know that Monday couple is still alive and part of the show.

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Not only the captions, but also the members adds to the popularity of this on-screen couple, the fact that the cast members still emphasize on each interaction they see coming from Gary and Jihyo. Haha (ha dong hoon) is not being shy expressing the fact that he wants them to date in real life, outside the show.

A Monday couple shipper are you, Ha dong hoon?
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Summarizing, i believe the reasons why Monday couple is still popular among Running man fans, is because of all these reasons mentioned above! Their natural chemistry; Gary’s love lines and so on.

Episode 137 i believe is the most powerful Monday couple moment until date, when Gary & Jihyo had to do the “pepero game”. I believe it would stay one of the most classic moments for Monday couple fans out there.
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What do you think of the Monday couple? Leave comments below 🙂

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Why is Lee kwangsoo so popular among Running man fans?

Hi everyone!

So, I have just finished watching Running Man episode 134, the second part of the Asian Race in Vietnam, Hanoi (awesome episode) and let me just say i was so surprised by the awesome and immense crowd Running man received there in Vietnam and in Macau.
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As a person who’s been watching Running man’s for a long time now , you can’t help but feel like a proud mother seeing the level in which Running man has grew in term of popularity, not only in Korea but also in other foreign countries.
Another thing that caught my eye in Episode 134 is the realization of how popular our renowned giraffe Lee kwangsoo has become, i already knew he was well popular among RM fans in Korea, but not only is his popularity already felt in Korea but his popularity is also felt stronger in other parts of Asia, among foreigners, even the Running man cast and crew were taken aback by the immense love he received. SO much that in episode 134, the captions describes him as the new “Asia’s prince”.
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After watching episode 134, i coincidentally came across an interview of Running man producer’s Cho Hyo jin, it say” “I wrote this in the subtitles of the show too, but I really don’t understand why or how he is so popular. I’m guessing it’s because he’s become so much funnier recently. According to Yoo Jae Suk, ‘the god of variety shows help Kwang Soo.’ It’s rather mysterious how he became so popular.

So, as a regular running man viewer that loves the show so much and each member of the cast, i have decided to share from my own point of view on why i think Running man’s Lee Kwang soo is so popular among Running man fans and what contributes to his popularity.

1- Because of his “next door’s neighbor’s look” & Humble personality

Let’s face it. Imagine Lee kwang soo with the same humor but with a “flower boy” look or “Kpop band” member look, milky skin, perfect teethes,perfect body,perfect eyebrows, perfect skin, pretty face,perfect nose, perfect hands, sexy voice, great fashion sense and the list goes on.
Would he be the Kwangsoo we now know? Would his humor come across the same? Wouldn’t you care more about his looks than his jokes? Would he be the same? The answer is a big fat ” NO!”.
One of the reasons why people like Lee Kwang soo on Running Man but might not realize, is because of his normal, easy going look,

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because of that we can all relate to him, he looks like someone we could be friends with, easy to talk to and that makes him so much more likable and cooler.
Lee kwangsoo has a very humble heart too, never have i sensed pride coming from him, anytime he is cheered on by fans on Running Man or wins a game,i just get as happy as him ,because i can relate to his joy and how he feels, as if i was in his place or like he’s a friend of mine.
The RM audience shares the same bond with him as an audience shares a bond with the main character in a film. When he he is “bullied” on RM with his hilarious and yet sad expression, for a second we watch the show “from his point of view”. Lee kwangsoo is a “relateable” character and who can help but smile when he smiles.

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2- His humor & Face expressions
Lee kwangsoo is hi-la-rious.

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I call Lee kwangsoo a variety genius and a variety gem, simply because before Running man he has no experience whatsoever in variety shows and when he was first casted, i believe he has no idea how funny he could be and has no idea of his hidden variety skills.
Lee kwang soo doesn’t even have to try hard to be funny, Lee kwang soo was born with variety skills or how should i put it then? ha.
Not only is he funny to the audience because of his “punch lines” and bluntness when coming up with funny lines, but he’s also funny because of his actions and the face expressions he’s able to make along with it.
Here are some Imagine games to make you realize how his facial expressions adds to his humor.

Exercise: Imagine Lee kwangsoo taking Jihyo’s nametag off, Jihyo realizes and angry she asks him “Are you stupid?”
Imagine Kwang soo’s face expression? …

Exercise: Lee kwang soo being a spy and being accused by Yoo jae suk.
Imagine Lee kwang soo’s facial expression trying hard not to laugh and trying to keep his face serious while denying it.

Exercise: Imagine
Lee kwangsoo’s facial expression when he is doing his robotic signature dance…

Starting from Running Man Episode 1, it was slightly raining but it was a must for each member of the cast to introduce themselves to the audience, and when the time came for Lee kwang soo to introduce himself, the rain poured the more which left him drenched in rain. WHY did this happen to Kwangsoo? Destiny? Fate? Even on the very first episode, he has already his “pitiful persona”, ha.
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His hilarity and ways of coming up with jokes and funny actions so easily makes it seems like he had been in the variety industry for years and that in itself is remarkable and is the cause of his rising popularity among RM fans.

Another thing that added to Lee kwangsoo’s popularity, it would sound bad for the innocent ear but i would say …..

3- HIS BETRAYALS
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Over the years being on Running Man, Kwang soo’s desire to win the games has gone stronger and stronger from episode to episode, and sometimes his eagerness to be victorious has pushed him into deceiving and betraying his fellow members , even the ones who are on his team. Because of that he’s been nicknamed Running man’s “icon of betrayal” ,in several occasions, Kwangsoo gives lots of laughs to viewers when he is on his “betrayal mode”.
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Even guests that comes on Running man knows him as Running man’s number 1 betrayal and would find it hard sometimes to “trust” him, it’s just that he’s just too good a deceiving others, but sometimes his betrayals can lead him into complete downfall, especially when he’s found in jail with Kim jong kook after having taking his nametag off.

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4- HIS HEIGHT
His tall height has gained him the nickname “giraffe” not only is it his nickname in Running man but even outside of Running Man, so much that in the popular drama he stars in, “Nice guy” there’s a particular scene with Kwangsoo and there’s a giraffe image behind him, i don’t believe it’s coincidental, ha.
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His tall height (1.90) adds for some of his funniest moments on Running man
In episode 93 when he couldn’t even fit inside the voting station.
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Would Lee kwangsoo’s robotic signature dance be as hilarious without his long arms and long body? Would he have gained the nickname “giraffe” if wasn’t for this height?
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The answer is NO. Lee kwang soo is uniquely beautifully and hilariously tall. Too tall maybe 😀
But his height also made him popular as it distinguishes him from any other.
He is the tallest Runner i know.

5- HIS ROBOTIC DANCE

OF COURSE his robotic and unique dance adds to his popularity. Fans go wild and crazy anytime he performs his unique dance, but who doesn’t?? It’s just too hilarious for words.

Guests that comes on Running Man that have testified Lee kwang soo dancing live would tell you.
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I don’t know what’s funny about this dance? Is it the fact that LKS is unashamed to perform it anywhere he goes or his seriousness anytime he performs it?
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And believe you me, i have tried to emulate this dance, but it just …doesn’t work.
Only Lee kwang soo is the master of this dance!

6- HIS CARING PERSONALITY

When you watch Running man and one sees how Lee kwang soo cares for his supporters and always wants the audience to cheer for him in games, you cannot help but want to also be one of his supporters and cheer for him.
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Something you would notice with Lee kwangsoo is that he is also very caring, whether it’s with the guests or the members, he always cares about the well-being of his fellow members. Not only is he caring on TV but even behind the scenes,If you follow him on Twitter also ( http://twitter.com/masijacoke85 ) you would also notice the hearts signs he posts alongside his tweets sometimes.

Anyway.

There are so many reasons why i believe Lee kwang soo has grown in popularity among RM fans over the world that can’t be all mentioned, his humor, his smile,the shyness look he takes when he has a crush on a female guest, his jokes and so on but the number 1 reason i believe he has gained in popularity is because of the support of the Running man crew and cast that believed in him since Day 1.

I hope Lee kwang soo continues to give us viewers, laughs with his presence on Running Man!
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Lee kwang soo from all of us Running man viewers around the world, we love you!

CNBLUE · Korea · Thoughts · Welcome!

CNBLUE: Their success & Why i like them + RE:BLUE thoughts

Hello, i just decided to write a bit about CNBLUE, starting from how i got to know about them to their success & their new album RE:BLUE 🙂

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The members: Jungshin/Junghyun/Yonghwa/Minhyuk

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Credits goes to http://colormecnblue.com/ for this picture 🙂

The first time i set eyes in this band was completely by accident, actually. After watching Heartstrings, a drama that i really loved by the way, i decided to look for Jung Yong-hwa’s page on Wikipedia, one because he reminded me so much of a certain Kim hyun joong,i found their resemblance fascinating in terms of how they look and their acting mannerisms and two because i just wanted to know who is the guy that acts Lee shin on Heartstrings?
So as i came across his wiki, i read that he is the leader of a certain band called CNBLUE, thus he is originally a musician, (Interesting, i taught)

so i went on the very popular video sharing website YOUTUBE and searched for CNBLUE. First video that came up was their “Intuition” music video. I clicked on it. My first impression? : Mehh.
I’ve never really been into KPOP because it is not really the style of music i listen to, i was more into the ballads, cute songs type of thing, at that time i was even a bit sad cos i couldn’t find a Korean singer or band that suits my taste so when i watched the “Intuition” music video i immediately taught “Up tempo music? Dark music video? Here is another KPOP band that sings and dances i guess..meh..not my taste :(”
BUT somehow i was drawn to watch the video again so i went back to watch the same video again,15 mins later thinking “Come on, give them a chance, they might be different from other KPOP bands, you haven’t even proper listened to them..” so i clicked on the video intuition, i watched til the end and..

THAT HAS GOT TO BE ONE OF THE BEST DECISIONS OF MY LIFE. LOL. I’m glad i watched because right there i completely fell in love with this band, my fist impression of them was wrong, CNBLUE were a different and unique band, they didn’t dance or anything, they just had their amazing energy, voices and blended great together, i had finally found a KOREAN BAND that suits my taste!!! Whoohoo.
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I never taught once that i would love a “rock band”, me being the lovey-dovey romantic girl that I’m but CNBLUE changed my music taste and made me realize, ROCK, POP, RAP whatever if a music is good it’s good and after watching “Intuition” and watching their other MV’s and listening to their other songs, from “Love girl” to “I’m a loner”, watching their videos i realized that they are a versatile band, they can sing ballads and make a girl heart melt as well as give the Rock atmosphere and rap and makes both girls and boys get up and dance like there’s no tomorrow. CNBLUE had the whole package.

That was around the beginning of year 2012 when i first discovered them but a year and a bit later since I’ve known them this band have not let me down, they keep going strong and strong and strong. This band, i can actually say even without their good looks or appearance I WILL STILL LIKE THEM, their looks is not what attracts me to this band, their music is what attracts me.

CNBLUE members are true musicians. Look at their live performances, their concerts, they always put their 100% anytime they perform, all they care about is their music and to please their public.

I remember after watching the drama Heartstrings, i decided to watch the show “We got married” season 2 with Yonghwa & Seohyun
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so that i’d get to know more about Yonghwa as a person, and it strikes me now when i watch the first few episodes and i think about how CNBLUE were so not very known back then, i remember a particular episode in WGM when after holding hands with Seohyun, Yonghwa purposely lost contact with Seohyun for a month or so and everyone in the studio were misunderstanding, even one of the commentators saw Yonghwa the wrong way saying he was a bad man etc. But later on it was confirmed through further episodes that there was a reason for what he did and everyone became understanding and slightly embarrassed for misunderstanding. THAT alone shows how little people knew of Yonghwa’s personality and who he is and a lot of them also didn’t know the other members names.
I’m mentioning that only to say that their popularity has risen so much throughout the years compared to years ago and that now they’re so popular and finally getting the recognition they deserve, I’m proud of my boys.
I’m also glad that now each member is getting spotlight, before when one taught of CNBLUE, they might have immediately thought “Yonghwa” but now because of each member progressing in their other fields such as acting and appearing on shows and variety shows, each member is getting recognition and i enjoy to see that.

Humility

What i like about CNBLUE is also their humility, each one of them are so humble. They do not have the “celebrity syndrome” at all, they’re just really normal guys who when one see and know them realize how not proud they are and that fame hasn’t got into their heads. Look at Yonghwa when he appears on Running Man, for example, you never sense proud coming from him.

Humility is a virtue that will get you far in life.

Now let me write a little bit about their new album “RE: BLUE”

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Tracklists : 1/ I’m sorry/2/Coffee shop/3/Na Geudaeboda(나 그대보다)/4/Naram Namja (나란 남자)/5/La La La(라라라)/6/ Where you are are (English version)

I LOVE each and every song and you know how even with your fave groups, they may have a track you don’t really get. Well, for that album there is no one song i don’t get lol.
Coffee shop i think is my favorite, This song is..CNBLUEMAZING. . people would go wild for that when they perform this song in concerts. This song is so good, it’s made for concerts.
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The 3rd track is more of a calm song that would not make you jump in the air but it ‘ll make you wave your hands in the air. There are so many songs from CNBLUE even from their past albums that would not get old : Love girl, I’m a loner, rock’n’ roll and so many others. That’s what real musicians do ^^

Anyway, only i know how much more I’ve got to say about this band, but I’d leave it here, more posts coming about CNBLUE though 😉

And tell me, what’s your fave song in the album? ANd what are some of the things you like about CN to the BLUE? Leave comments 🙂

Korea · Thoughts · Welcome!

STRONG HEART COMING TO AN END?

Hello everyone! So, today i decided to write about the Korean variety show Strong heart as it might come to an end (T_T).
But first, let me tell you that i may not know as much about this show as I’m not a regular viewer of the show and i watch the show mostly when my favorites celebs feature in as guests. SO here are 5 things from my perspective that made (makes) STRONG HEART awesome :).
PS: i do not know whether to use past tense or present tense as the last episode has not yet aired. hehe.

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Anyway, what i love about this show is that you learn facts about celebrities, this show has the ability to make you learn facts about various celebrities, facts and stories you didn’t know of and it also had the ability to put to shame hardcore fans who think they know everything about their “bias” as they realize that they actually do NOT know much hehe. On a serious note, this show made you learn SO much about your favorite celebrities. A lot of celebrities used this show for revelations.
An example: When Byul featured as a guest and revealed how her and Haha’s love story began and
also revealing that they’re officially married. Only in strong heart.
What is amazing about this show as well is the fact that everything you learn about the celebrities comes from the horse’s mouth. Not a magazine or an article, it’s real.
The format of the show and the context it’s so interesting to the point that one would watch it even if their bias don’t feature in the show just to hear real life stories of the various personalities.

What would Strong heart be if one don’t get a laugh out of it?
It may be a talk show but it also has the variety feel to it. Not only is it funny because of the guests and some funny stories they might share about their life, but it is funny because of the hosts’ commentaries and the fix guests that always adds “spice”and humor to the show .

One of the major reasons why the show is rumoured to end , it’s because the PD, Park Sang Hyuk is about to leave for overseas. Which means a new PD would have replaced him and with a new PD it is likely the format would have been changed and who wants to see STRONG HEART without its heart? With a new format/ new rules/ new everything? The ratings could have gone down as people wouldn’t have been able to relate to the show anymore.

So, i believe it was a safer decision, but it will surely be missed, I believe this show has so much potential to go on for years as the format is so different from the other shows. But many fans have complained and noticed that the show was not the same without Lee seung gi and Kang Ho dong, the original hosts.
While others don’t see any difference. Let’s not forget that Lee Dong-wook and Shin Dong-yeop won” BEST COUPLE AWARD” in SBS entertainment 2012 for their pairing in Strong Heart.

Strong heart is heard to air a special SNSD episode for the last episode.

PS: PS:PS: i have just seen an article saying that SBS is thinking of relaunching the show by calling it “STRONG HEART 2” with new hosts.
NOW i don’t know what to say. Hahah ^^.
Leave your comments 🙂